Conference on Medical Ethics and Professionalism

In collaboration with Professor Yali Cong from the Peking University, the Harvard China Health Partnership held a conference on Medical Ethics and Professionalism in Beijing from October 21-22, 2023. Over ninety healthcare experts, policymakers, and physicians from China’s leading research institutions and hospitals were in attendance to discuss eight topics regarding medical ethics and physician professionalism. As China continues to make strides in expanding coverage of its healthcare services nationwide, the…

World Health Organization Report: Public provision and financing of long-term care: case studies in middle- and high-income countries

Overview As global populations age, governments around the world are investigating how to fund long-term care (LTC) in an equitable and sustainable manner. The research reported here has three objectives: (i) to identify and classify middle-income countries (MICs) and highincome countries (HICs) that have established LTC for older populations; (ii) to describe the financing features and undertake a detailed assessment of the public LTC programmes in these countries; and (iii) to identify…

Professor Winnie Yip Visits The Centre for Spiritual Progress to Great Awakening in Hong Kong

As part of the project funded by the D.H. Chen Foundation to understand what constitutes meaningful aging for elderly in Hong Kong, and how culture and moral philosophy affect aging well, Professor Winnie Yip visited The Centre for Spiritual Progress to Great Awakening (SPGA) in Hong Kong in January 2024. SPGA is a nonprofit Buddhist organization that has trained thousands of volunteers to provide compassionate and comprehensive spiritual care services…

New Publication: The quality of telemedicine consultations for sexually transmitted infections in China

Abstract The burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continues to increase in developing countries like China, but the access to STI care is often limited. The emergence of direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine offers unique opportunities for patients to directly access health services when needed; However, the quality of STI care provided by telemedicine platforms remains unknown. After systemically identifying the universe of DTC telemedicine platforms providing on-demand consultations in China in…

New Publication: Building quality primary health care development in the new era towards universal health coverage: a Beijing initiative

Abstract Primary health care (PHC) is the most effective way to improve people’s health and well-being, and primary care services should act as the cornerstone of a resilient health system and the foundation of universal health coverage. To promote high quality development of PHC, an International Symposium on Quality Primary Health Care Development was held on December 4–5, 2023 in Beijing, China, and the participants have proposed and advocated the…

Reflecting on the Progresses and Challenges Since China’s 2009 Healthcare Reform — an Interview with Dr. Winnie Yip

People’s Daily [人民日报], an official Chinese government media outlet, circulated an insightful interview from Ren Zhi Chu [人之初] magazine featuring Professor Winnie Yip, Faculty Director of the Harvard China Health Partnership. The interview, titled “China’s Healthcare Reform: Achievements and Challenges Coexist,” delved into the 2009 healthcare reform’s multi-faceted progress in healthcare financing, payment, and the strengthening of the supply side, and highlighted the challenges brought by socioeconomic constraints. We invite…

New Publication: Universal health coverage in China part 2: addressing challenges and recommendations

Abstract This report analyses the underlying causes of China’s achievements and gaps in universal health coverage over the past 2 decades and proposes policy recommendations for advancing universal health coverage by 2030. Although strong political commitment and targeted financial investment have produced positive outcomes in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and infectious diseases, a fragmented and hospital-centric delivery system, rising health-care costs, shallow benefit coverage of health insurance schemes, and…

New Publication: Universal health coverage in China part 1: progress and gaps

Abstract Over the past 2 decades, China has made remarkable progress in health-care service coverage, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, infectious diseases, and service capacity and access. In these areas, coverage is comparable to those in high-income countries. Inequalities of service coverage in these areas have been reduced. However, there remain large gaps in the service coverage of chronic diseases. There has been little progress…

New Publication: Price dispersion in an online health marketplace: Evidence from telemedicine services in China

Abstract Online health care marketplaces have emerged with the adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its readily available information on price and quality, we document substantial price dispersion for telemedicine services in China’s internet health market. We further examine the sources of such price variation: observable characteristics of physicians, hospitals, and local markets explain slightly over half of this variation. The un-explained portion is greater for physician specialties where…

Professor Winnie Yip Joined the Fourth Meeting of the Tsinghua-Lancet Commission on Health and Poverty Alleviation in China

On October 23-24, 2023, Professor Winnie Yip joined the fourth meeting of the Tsinghua-Lancet Commission on Health and Poverty Alleviation in China in Beijing. The Commission’s goal is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of China’s progress, challenges, and achievements in its health-related poverty alleviation efforts. The theme of the session was “健康扶贫的可持续发展战略 [Sustainable Development Strategy for Healthy Poverty Alleviation].” Representatives from a wide variety of governmental agencies, health research institutions,…